Friday, January 20, 2006

NASCAR to switch to unleaded gas

If you haven’t seen it, I thought you might be interested that The New York Times reports today that NASCAR plans to switch to unleaded gasoline at its events.

Faithful readers may recall that Clean Air Watch has mounted a mini-campaign on this issue during the past year – most recently with a call this week for EPA to begin monitoring the air for lead pollution at NASCAR events.

(For more, see our website at http://cleanairwatchpressroom.blogspot.com/2006/01/epa-nascar-lead-fumes-may-pose-serious.html and http://blogforcleanair.blogspot.com/2006/01/nascar-update-new-warning-from-epa.html )

NASCAR officials initially appeared to bristle at the suggestion that the lead fumes might be putting the health of children and other spectators at some risk. But I think they eventually realized that the continuing publicity could be bad for business.

I believe this case does show the media can still make a difference.

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